Good to see Labour finally taking terrorism seriously

Looks like Labour has come to its senses when it comes to mitigating the risks of terrorism, while the Greens continue to cuddle and represent terrorists.

Labour has confirmed it will support new foreign fighter laws after changes including a softening of a planned 48-hour warrant-free period for spies.

However the Greens have said they won’t support the legislation.

“We accept there is an increased threat level and new measures are needed to ensure our security agencies can rapidly respond to terrorist threats,” Labour Leader Andrew Little said after a caucus meeting discussed changes hammered out at a select committee.

“Labour has ensured that all searches on potential terrorist activity will require a warrant except in cases of urgent and extreme risk.   

“Even in these circumstances, the Director of the Security and Intelligence Service will be required to immediately notify the Commissioner of Warrants and the Inspector General of Intelligence; and a warrant obtained within 24 hours, not the originally proposed 48 hours,” Little said.

The SIS would have to report publicly every six months, rather than every year, and in more detail, on the use of its new powers.

“Labour insisted on these safeguards to protect New Zealanders. This legislation is temporary and Labour also obtained a shorter sunset clause pending a comprehensive review of the activities of all our intelligence agencies the Government has promised next year.”

“Labour remains adamant these powers should only be used when New Zealanders are at risk from terror attacks and not as a means to broaden general spy powers,” Little said.

Of course Labour will claim victory, but this has played out exactly as I predicted…a watering down of the 48 hours warrant-less period.

 

– Fairfax


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